Sunday, November 7, 2010Volume MMX-XI, Issue 8  
Spring Forward, Fall Back    
Today marks the end of Daylight Savings Time, so remember to move your clocks back one hour.
Parent Teacher Conferences This Week    
Please note that Parent Teacher Conferences will take place this Thursday, November 11 and Friday, November 12.  There will be no school on those days.  If you have not already, please sign up for conferences in the Main Office.
Share Your Ideas    
The Long Range Planning Committee is beginning a year-long process of setting goals for the next decade of our school’s future. Have you taken our online survey yet? If not, please do so by clicking here. Your survey response by the end of today, Sunday, November 7 is greatly appreciated. 

We also warmly invite you to join us next Saturday, November 13 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. for our kick-off event: a Community Brainstorming. The event will include welcoming coffee/tea, a shared artistic activity and small-group discussions on the various LRP categories.  Please RSVP to let us know if you will be joining us.
8th Grade Pizza Message    
Oops! There is a mistake on the pizza forms. We inadvertantly included Friday, November 12 on the form, forgetting that this was a parent-teacher conference day when school will not be in session. If you ordered for that day and would like a refund, please write a note with you child's name and grade and put it in the Main Office in the envelope for completed pizza forms. Thank you, and please accept our apologies!
Class Photos This Week    
Class photos will be taken this Tuesday, November 9 and Wednesday, November 10.  Photos will be taken by school parent Vito Aluia.
Farmers to You    
Despite the rain, Farmers to You arrived this past Thursday to deliver their first batch of produce orders to the community.  They will be in the Waldorf School of Lexington parking lot once again this coming Thursday, November 11, 12:30-3 pm., during Parent Teacher Conferences.  If you would like to make or amend an order for this week, please visit their website by midnight tonight, Sunday, November 7 to do so.  The Site Host for our school is Amelia Mueller, who you may contact with questions.
Cookie Concert Coming Up    
The cookie concert is approaching, and we'd like to see you there on Friday, November 19, at 3:30 p.m.  Look for a sign up sheet outside the Orchestra Room, which will be posted this Tuesday, November 9.

Studying music encourages self-discipline and diligence, traits that carry over into intellectual pursuits and that lead to effective study and work habits.  An association  of music and math has, in fact, long been noted.  Creating and performing music promotes self-expression and provides self-gratification while giving pleasure to others.  In medicine, increasing published reports demonstrate that music has a healing effect on patients.  For all these reasons, it deserves strong support in our educational system, along with the other arts, the sciences, and athletics.  
-Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Leading Heart Surgeon, Baylor College of Music
Musicians Needed for Holiday Fair    
The Holiday Fair will be here soon on Saturday, December 4.  The Dessert Cafe offers live music while people enjoy tasty treats.  Would you like to be one of the musicians?  Please contact Megan Curtis if you would like to contribute.
Missing Table Covers    
The cloth covers for the handbell tables disappeared from the Chorus Room next to the Cafe this week.  Did they accidentally go home with you?  If so, you can drop them in the Main Office.  Thank you.
Upcoming Events at Waldorf    
Monday, November 8
Board Officer Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Finance Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 9
Class Photos
Wednesday, November 10
Class Photos
Waldorf Park, 1:30 p.m.
Development Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 11
No School
Parent Teacher Conferences all day
Friday, November 12
No School
Parent Teacher Conferences, all day
Saturday, November 13
Board/College/Faculty Retreat, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Monday, November 15
Mary Beth's Nursery class evening, 7:30 p.m.
2nd Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
8th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 16
6th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 17
Info Session, 8:45-11 a.m.
Waldorf Park, 1:30 p.m.
Foundation Studies, 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 18
Lantern Walk, 5 p.m.
Friday, November 19
Waldorf Park, noon
Cookie Concert, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 20
Wendy's Kindergarten class meeting, 9 a.m.
Sunday, November 21
Alumni Panel, 7 p.m.
Monday, November 22
Sweet Peas class evening, 7 p.m.
Buttercups class evening, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 24
Thanksgiving Assembly
Early Dismissal
Thursday, November 25
No School
Friday, November 26
No School
Tuesday, November 30
3rd Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
Events in the Larger Waldorf Community    
There are many anthroposophical events in and around the Boston area, and beyond, that support and enliven what we do here at school. Please click "read more" above for frequently updated information and resources from the Anthroposophical Society of Greater Boston, AWSNA, The Pfeiffer Center, and others.
Community Classifieds    
Remember to check the Community Classifieds page on the school website every week for information about any items of more general interest, such as music lessons, professional services, real estate, items for sale, workshops or events in locations other than the school. Advertisers are advised that the Community Classifieds are published via the school’s website for the benefit of members and friends of the school community. Content may be accessed via the worldwide web. 

You can easily access the Classifieds on the school's website in the Community section, where you will also find the submission form and guidelines. Please contact Luana Preston with any questions.
Bulletin Submissions    
If you would like to submit an item to the Bulletin, please email Megan Curtis by Wednesday afternoon for it to appear in that week's edition.
In this edition:    
  • Reading in the Waldorf School
  • A Lovely Affair
  • Dia de los Muertos
  • School Report for October
  • Annual Giving for October a Great Success!
  • Alumni Panel & Reception
  • 40th Waldorf School Holiday Fair
  • Gala Spotlight: Pool Party & BBQ
  • Waldorf High Boys' Soccer to Play Finals on Monday
  • Giving during the Thanksgiving Season
  • Alumni Parent Volunteers in Guatemala
  • News from Homespun
Reading in the Waldorf School    
In Waldorf schools, our students learn to read in a process that begins in first grade and continues through second grade, which is different than the process that many conventional schools follow.  Rudolf Steiner believed that before the age of seven years, a child's time was best spent in developing the physical body in a healthy way. Children who are encouraged to be active, playful, and creative in early childhood usually turn out to be the most enthusiastic learners during the elementary years. 
In the elementary grades, children are taught to write before they learn to read. The letters of the alphabet are introduced in first grade, initially in picture form. In conjunction with a story told by the teacher the children may draw or sculpt a fish that later becomes the letter F. This, of course, is the way written letters evolved in ancient times. Later, the children begin to write down the stories told by their teacher (by copying the words from a chalkboard), and subsequently are amazed to discover that they can read what they have written. 
When the students reach second grade, they are ready to approach books.  For a little company in this endeavor, they work with a reading buddy from the seventh grade, who helps them follow along in their books and tackle the more difficult words.  It is an enriching experience for all students.  This week, the reading buddies had their first chance to work as a pair, choosing books and then sitting down to enjoy them together.
Waldorf preschool and kindergarten teachers recognize that reading must be grounded in a rich field of oral learning and meaning, and thus they carefully lay the foundations for early literacy through storytelling, singing, and movement games. If abstract processes such as reading are not crammed into young minds but are taught when the child's brain is developmentally ready, at around the age of seven, failure and boredom are minimized. 
-Rahima Baldwin Dancy
A Lovely Affair    
The Viennese Ball on Friday was a lovely affair, with some beautiful dancing by the Eighth Grade, and the whole community enjoyed themselves.  Many thanks to Konditor Meister in Braintree, Sonja Maccaline, Food Master in Arlington, and Wilson Farms for donating the tasty desserts, to the band for their music, and particularly parent Karl Orvik for donating his musical talents.
Dia de los Muertos    
This past week, the middle school students have been celebrating Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, in Spanish class. The seventh and eighth graders created altars in their classrooms and the students had conversations about people they knew who had died; it was moving and meaningful for all the students.  The sixth graders took a field trip to a local cemetary, where they also had a conversation about those who had passed. 
School Report for October    
Dear Parents & Community,

Please see our School Report for October (click to read). I continue to be amazed at how much takes place in our Waldorf School. The classes are learning so much with enthusiasm and the seasonal celebrations are bringing joy and vitality to our children and community.

My goals in writing this school report are to let you know what is going on in the various aspects of our school life and to offer a transparent view of our school to our community. I am encouraged with the feedback received on the September School Report, particularly from those who enjoy knowing what each class is doing in our school.  Thank you.

Please continue to provide feedback to me on this report by letting me know what you would like to see in future monthly reports and what you would prefer left out.  All comments are welcome.

Best Wishes,
Joe O'Regan
Interim School Director
Annual Giving for October a Great Success!    
In October, the Board launched our Annual Giving Campaign and challenged our community to increase gifts this year. A matching challenge was offered to our community by the Board for $15,000 for the month of October. This challenge was met and surpassed and came in at $17,161 by the end of October. Our annual fund now stands at $59,394 with 35% participation! Our goal is to reach $167,000 with full participation by January 31, 2011.  Thank you.
Alumni Panel & Reception    
Ever wonder how our students fare after graduating from our school? Come to our Alumni Panel and see for yourself. We hope all parents will join us as young alumni answer questions about how Waldorf education has informed their lives after graduating from our elementary school. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents of children of any age to gain insight into the long-term effects of Waldorf education. For families of middle school students, there will be an opportunity during the reception to speak with current high school students about their schools and their transition to high school.  Seventh and eighth grade students are also welcome to attend. Click here for a more detailed description. 

Date: Sunday, November 21
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Adams Building Auditorium
40th Waldorf School Holiday Fair    

Now that we have experienced our first frost, it is time to look forward to our school’s annual Holiday Fair. The Fair, now in its 40th year, will be held on December 4, the first Saturday of the month. It is a magical experience for the more than 1,000 people who attend each year, making it our largest public outreach event.

Please click "read more" above for important and helpful information from our Fair Coordinators.

Meanwhile, please help us spread the word. If you are part of an email list (a parenting group, a music ensemble, a town-wide listserv) whose members would be interested in our fair, please post a calendar item or use the attached poster. You may also want to forward the flyer to friends and family in your address book who might want to know about the fair. If you would like to help promote the fair by posting flyers at your local library, please call or email Holly Kania (extension 516.)

Gala Spotlight    
Pool Party & BBQ
Cold beer, Blue Ribbon bbq, a badminton net and a gorgeous swimming pool in a lush backyard; what more could you ask for on a hot summer day? Get your friends together and sign up for this great easel party. (What's an easel party? Stay tuned to find out!)
Dog will play fetch and serve drinks
And in the silent auction: Two tickets to the Christmas Revels!
Waldorf High Boys' Soccer to Play Finals on Monday    
Waldorf High School boys' soccer team, including alumni Johnny Voutilainen,  Julius van den Broek (class of 2009), and Evan Jaccodine (class of 2013), will be playing in the Massachusetts Boys' Independent School League Finals on Monday, November 8 at 3:15 p.m. on their "home" court at Waldorf School of Lexington. Last week, the girls' team went all the way to the finals but lost their last game to Boston University Academy.  We invite everyone to come and watch the WHS boys' team play on tomorrow! 
Giving during the Thanksgiving Season    
In the mood of the Thanksgiving season, the Waldorf School of Lexington will be collecting non-perishable food items for a local food pantry beginning Monday, November 22 through Wednesday, November 24 (the week of Thanksgiving). There will be a table in the front hall on which to place the food. This is a wonderful moment to help our children learn about giving to those less fortunate than ourselves, so let them help you pick out the food items to donate.
Below is a list of the food and items that are particularly needed, so please keep this in mind when choosing what to bring. Note that bigger containers are not better, and remember to check the expiration dates, as expired food will be thrown away.

Food Pantry Wish List
Dried Milk
Canned Fruits & Vegetables
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Tuna Fish & Canned Meats
Meals in a Can, i.e. Stews, Hash, Ravioli, Soups
Fruit Juices, Coffee, Tea
Pasta & Sauces
Canned Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce
Crackers, Cookies, Mixes
Jello & Pudding Mixes
Baby Food
Soap, Shampoo, Conditioners, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Diapers
Alumni Parent Volunteers in Guatemala    
Robert Carlson, a former parent at our school, has recently returned from volunteer work in Guatemalan schools.  He brought letters and greetings from our current Seventh Grade to the children there.  He visited the Seventh Grade this week to talk about his work in Guatemala.  To read his letter to the community, please click "read more" above.  You can see a short video about the program by clicking here.
News from Homespun    

A new batch of cod liver oils in liquid and in gel capsules have just arrived, perfect for boosting your immune system. The Rescue Remedy pastilles are now available in two different flavors: original and black current. Juggling sticks, lacing cards, story games, candles, wooden mushrooms, and velvety soft wool scarfs have just arrived. The shipment of the Uriel homeopathic remedies including the wonderful Aurum Lavender Rose cream are here now.  The cast iron musical triangles are lovely. Lantern kits are available with all the makings for a glowing golden lantern.

Homespun Hours
This week's hours are shortened due to the Parent-Teacher conferences on Thursday and Friday of this week.

Monday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday CLOSED

Drop-In Crafts
Tuesday and Wednesday of this week we will be making needle felted creatures (lady bugs, dragon flies). Come join other parents 8:30-10:45 a.m. in the Chorus room (next to the Café). We will also be assisting people in making lanterns on both days. Children welcome.

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